Apr 18, 2007 1:46pm
Wakes...and the DEAD
Today is my fourth wake in four years for people too close to me for all of it to make much sense, BUT as good practicing descendants of the Emerald Isle, music and spirits will ease the passing again. Some of you know how much Ashes and Arbuthnot helped me previously, with Hunter's rendition of Box so appropriately suited to a memorial as an example...In that spirit, I post the following recommendation for a show to provide some outstanding energy and early era sound. It's been talked about before, so I won't bore you with my comments again. It got me thru the day...again.
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: August 23, 1968 (check for other copies)
Venue: Shrine Auditorium
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Lineage: 8 track multitrack Reels> Sonic Wizardry > DAT > Cassette > DATs > CDRs > EAC > SHN
Transfered by: Darrin Sacks
Keywords: Live concert
Cryptical Envelopement-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Death Don't Have No Mercy, Alligator-> Drums-> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - May 21, 2006
I had written this origonally in July of 2005 below but on listening to this again it is simply amazing jamming. What a stretch August was for them... This caution is the longest I have heard apart from Amsterdam or Rotterdam whichever night they played Pig's last one... Unreal show and wonderful sound.
There is too much to rant and rave about here just listen up and disregard the cuts and glitches.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - - October 4, 2005
Subject: 68 rocks
the electricity is flowing through out this is high qual. sound!! left a smokin crater in my mind!!!check it out,
Reviewer: macfawlty - - August 15, 2005
Subject: High Energy All the Way Through
I don't care about the origin of the filler... just glad to have it. New Potato is very creative and unique. Caution is real fast burnin' it up and Pig comes in for the midsection with a little blues rap but it gets cut. Cryptic and Other One ebb and flow with energy providing alternating relief and excitement. And a beautiful Jerry lead in to Dark Star with that nice medium tempo and aside from a few vocal lines in the middle, all Jerry with great support from the band. Solid vocals on St. Steph, real tight. Eleven, again well balanced high energy and relief, mostly HIGH energy. Death Mercy starts very gentle with nice Jerry vocal and volume picks up in middle and end. Alligator pretty unique, havin' fun on the short. Not sure how well Feedback fits, but trippy. So much to love here. Quite a standout. I love this period.
Reviewer: phleshy - - June 5, 2005
The filler to this show, labeled August 29th, 1968, is clearly mis-dated. The Saint Stephen (or what's left of it) is the most obvious clue to the mystery date. One the 8/23 show, St. Stephen has the William Tell bridge segueing into the Eleven. On "8/29," the Stephen has the "Can you answer/Yes I can/But what would be the answer to the answer man?" line, then a jam on the theme behind those lyrics, segueing into Cryptical. The funny thing is, the 6/14/68 Stephen had a very similar end jam attached to it, dating this St. Stephen (and the rest of the show) several months earlier than 8/29.
In fact, it may be possible that this show occured before 6/14. It's also especially unlikely that this show could have been recorded at a tiny club such as the Matrix, since the SBD suggests a far bigger venue. My best guess would be one of the Carousel Ballroom shows 5/30-6/1/68 or 6/7-6/9/68 or maybe even Shrine Exhibition Hall 5/17/68.
Reviewer: NYLifer - - May 22, 2005
Subject: Editing Notes
St. Stephen is only the last 15 seconds. after "Answer Man" there is a unique 2:24 jam before the Cryptical starts.
The Alligator breaks down as:
Alligator --> 4:02
Drums --> 2:32
Alligator --> 2:49
Drums --> 0:16
The tracking is off by 1 second or so on a few tracks.
I don't know why the filler stays listed here and does not get it's own entry as 8-29-68, even if it's questionable, seems clear it's NOT part of 8-23-68.
The Second To Last Track is not really drums Alligator as listed. I busted it up this way:
drums > 3:54 (some bass notes around 3:20)
Alligator Jam (no vocals) > 10:19
Caution > 12:29
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - - May 7, 2005
Subject: Powerful LP
Never again did Jerry's guitar sing as beutiful after he got rid of his Les Paul. He couldn't get the kickass sound out of any of his later guitars. Screw the Alembic. Awesome show, Phil is amazing, drums are perfect, solos are flawless, singing is fantastic, and the sound quality fucking rules.